Car stolen from mum with ill son

ANNA LOREN
Last updated 09:22 24/01/2013
Adrienne Harris and her 3-year-old son Issac

WARNING SIGN: Adrienne Harris and her three-year-old son Issac want their neighbours to be aware of thieves.

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Thieves stole a car from a young mum who needs her vehicle to take her seriously ill son to hospital appointments.

Adrienne Harris had her uninsured Subaru stolen from outside her Papatoetoe home in the early hours of January 16.

It was found five days later but Harris wanted to share her story to warn the community that car thieves are operating in the area.

"We all need to look out for each other," she said.

The struggling mother said she felt as though she was "sitting on the edge of a cliff" after the car, which she uses to take her son Issac to appointments at Starship Hospital, was stolen.

She also makes a trip to the pharmacy every eight days to pick up new medication for her son.

The three-year-old was diagnosed last year with a hole in his heart which has in turn caused significant lung damage that could take years to repair.

He requires a high level of care which means Harris is unable to work and makes do on a benefit.

Car insurance was an impossible luxury, she said.

"I would have $40 left to see us through to the next week from my government payments."

Her aunt Larissa said the theft devastated little Issac.

"He kept saying, 'Aunty where's our car?'," she said.

Counties Manukau West area commander Jason Hewett says the Subaru was found in Papatoetoe and fingerprints found in the vehicle have been sent away for testing.

Harris said she would get the damaged ignition fixed and install an alarm.

"And if we all keep an eye out then maybe cars won't get stolen."

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